Though he acknowledged vaccine’s role in his brief & mild Covid-19 infection and despite FDA’s full approval of Pfizer’s jab, still recovering Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, reissued on Wednesday his ban on COVID vaccine mandates by any state or local government entity, Politico writes.
Saying that no governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the new order only allows exceptions for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
The executive order comes after Pfizer news on Monday raised doubts about the validity of his previous July 29 ban on vaccine mandates under FDA’s emergency use authorization.
Noting that vaccine mandates and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, Abbott added the issue on the agenda of the Wednesday’s legislative special session of Texas Legislature so they decide if the state or local entities can mandate the jabs across Texas and what exemptions should be included in the process.
Yet, district officials announced Wednesday to move forward with the mandate despite Abbott’s executive order, noting they believe COVID-19 vaccination is the safest path forward for the school district.
Attorney General Ken Paxton has previously filed a lawsuit against San Antonio Independent School District that had already announced mandatory employee vaccinations
Previously this spring, Abbott has joined the GOP governors at the forefront in the battle against COVID mandates, banning government entities, including school districts, from issuing mask mandates.